We could not be more excited for Memorial Day weekend, which is coming up next week. I don’t know about you, but I could certainly use a vacation right about… now. As a matter of fact, I would be lying if I said I hadn’t already meticulously planned by adventure.

Because many of us live in metropolitan areas, it is quite likely that you will be heading back to nature for the long weekend. After all, the health benefits of being surrounded by greenery and fresh air are vast. Also, there will be plenty of outdoor activities to partake in like kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, swimming, running, sailing… The possibilities are endless but these are surely only a fraction of the Memorial Day weekend’s going ons…

Memorial Day weekend is also known as a vastly popular time for cookouts and BBQs. parties, drinking and soaking up the rays. Because it’s a holiday, we won’t tell you not to indulge, but if you’re looking for some tips on how to keep the festivities relatively healthy, the video above is a great place to start. From what to eat and what activities to partake in, you will get the full 411 on Memorial Day survival.

Some of the best tips?

1. Be Prepared

If you’re heading to a cookout, you might be faced with a complete lack of healthy foods. The first route you can take is to bring your own healthy dish or snacks. Raw veggies and dip is a great place to start, but you can also get creative and try out any one of our healthy dishes in our Eating Well features.

2. Practice Moderation

If you forget to come prepared, or can’t be bothered to, remember to practice moderation. While a fistful of macaroni and cheese is not the end of the world, a whole casserole just won’t make you feel good! The same is also true for alcohol. Have a drink or two, but forgo binge drinking. Not only do the calories add up, but you don’t want to waste any of your holiday being hungover now, do you?

3. Stay Active (and Distracted)

Don’t think this is a time to totally give up on the gym and staying active. Even if all you can manage is a 30 minute jog, playing frisbee, or doggy paddling at the lake, it will not only burn calories but keep you distracted from stress and snacking!

4. Plan Something Exciting

Make sure your trip is fulfilled by planning something exciting. I know I’m heading up to New England, so I will certainly plan a hiking trip to spend one of my days. If you’re going to the beach, plan on a snorkeling trip or something similar.

5. Pace Yourself

We all want to do everything and be everywhere, but this will only run you down. You don’t want to feel like you need a vacation after a vacation! Come back to work refreshed.

6. Sleep

One great way to make sure you feel refreshed? Getting adequate sleep! Shoot for a full 8-10 every night. There’s a reason they call it beauty sleep after all…

7. Hydrate Yourself

Sometimes when you’re too busy running around and having fun, it can be a lot harder to remember to hydrate. Make sure you’re carrying around a water bottle with you at all times.

8. Don’t Forget About Sun Protection!

Finally, sitting in the office 5 days a week makes us crave the sun. No doubt about it, but make sure not too OD on it. Always wear sunscreen, wear a wide-brimmed hat and wear sunglasses. Not only do they look cool, but they protect your precious eyes. Seek shade when you can, as well.
One final note, we’ve noticed that we’ve hear of more and more cases of Lyme disease cropping up here and there. If you are heading out into the woods or tall brush, make sure to wear long pants and long sleeves. Also, make sure to wear full coverage shoes and always perform a tick check when you get home!

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Can you think of any other healthy Memorial Day tips?


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